Coast Guard to look into tug grounding

Posted: Friday, October 10, 2008

ANCHORAGE - A 74-foot tug boat pushing an empty oil barge was damaged Tuesday morning after it ran up on a rock along Wood River about 14 miles north of Dillingham.

The accident left an 18 inch by 3 inch gash in the hull of the Crowley tug called the Twi-Lite. The barge was not damaged.

The crew patched the hole with plywood and spare life vests, and Crowley representatives are working with the Coast Guard on a salvage plan. They hope to refloat the tug when an assist tug arrives on scene Friday.

A Coast Guard team from Anchorage is on its way to assess the damage.

No pollution has been reported.

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